Tag Archives: War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Marjah? Ulcer? This ain't no bleeding ulcer!

And so the war turns: I highlighted McClatchy’s story on McChrystal and Marjah earlier in the week, wherein the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF, to his friends) was quoted calling Marjah a “bleeding ulcer.” The headline of … Continue reading

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Joe Klein: We're Losing in Afghanistan

Howdy. I am on deadline, writing a piece that involves our current war in Afghanistan. So apologies for the low blog pace. But it means I’ve been k keeping an eye on what all the folks in media land are … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 'Courageous restraint,' the new catch phrase

From the AP, via Military.com: FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing troops for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives. The … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Roadside bombs double in past year

This caught my eye. The number of crude roadside bombs in Afghanistan has doubled in the past year, prompting U.S. officials to rush billions of dollars of new protective gear to troops and double the number of road-clearing teams. The … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: McChrystal streamlines command, restricts night raids

The Times story yesterday is a pretty interesting read. General Stanley McChrystal has put most of the Special Forces operating in Afghanistan under his command. Historically, as wars go, there’s a big advantage of having a streamlined command, and the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Dems in Congress cave on the war, per usual

From the AP: Lawmakers had been complaining for three months that they were left out of the debate over the course of the faltering war. But when they got their crack this week at the generals and diplomats who manage … Continue reading

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Quote of the week: 'Chugging along for eight years'

Speaking of Afghanistan tick-tocks, I was reading the NYT’s version of something that may or may not resemble reality, when I came across this quote. (I’ve been unplugged and writing the past four days, so excuse the inexcusable delay in … Continue reading

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